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Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns) Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

The Cat Returns...is all fluff, but it's cute and enjoyable fluff at the very least.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C+

February 23, 2014
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The story whisks gracefully along with little saunters and pitter-patters of humour. A Princess-and-the-Cat tale that also coolly reflects the arrogant aloofness, suave superciliousness and intriguing independence of man's best-when-convenient friend.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 6, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Undeniably sweet, but it is also undeniably slight, and not remotely as visually rich as we've all come to expect from Studio Ghibli.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

June 16, 2010
Robert Pardi
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Director Morita does an exemplary job of bringing a Japanese graphic novel to the screen.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2008
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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Catchy entertainment for kids and adults...

Full Review Source: Variety

September 1, 2008

Interesting and watchable, but definitely not up to Miyazaki's standards.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2008
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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[Director] Morita has a slightly cruder, more realistic sense of the world and its looniness than does Miyazaki, and you can see where The Cat Returns moves on a different track even as it pays homage to Japan's current animation master.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

June 20, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...moves along at a brisk clip and features a bright, vibrant animation style...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 5, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film has some of Miyazaki's exquisite timing, pacing and use of space.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

There's little tension or opportunity for emotional involvement in the brief story, and despite competent animation the cats are rarely anthropomorphised to good comic effect. One for anime -- and animal -- lovers only.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 1, 2006
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Another enjoyable fantasy adventure from Studio Ghibli.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

despite its exquisite artwork and expert voice cast, this still looks a bit like the bedraggled runt of the Ghibli litter.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

September 30, 2005
Neil Smith
BBC.com

An enchanting, magical fable with a twisted vein of surrealism that makes you wonder exactly what they're smoking over there in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2005
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

The crescendo of craziness makes for a brisk, funny, and wholly unique 75-minute ride.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2005
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK

The Cat Returns is just a lovely family film.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 8/10

April 23, 2005
Uri Lessing
eFilmCritic.com

While the cats in this film are sentient, their attitude and egocentric behavior is strictly feline.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

With the frantic, infernal energy (and cats) and even a little of the barbed social satire of Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2005
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

there are enough fun moments to make Cat worthwhile, especially if you're a fan of our feline friends

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 10, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's thoroughly engaging, especially as it begins to twist and turn into a kind of warped Alice in Wonderland.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2005
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